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Literacy/Film activities: Inkheart

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By Huw Thomasheadteacher and writer

Use literacy activities based on the magic and intrigue of the forthcoming Inkheart film to inspire creative writing

Inkheart movie poster

The forthcoming release of the film Inkheart (Dec ‘08) – an adaptation of Cornelia Funke’s book of the same title (Chicken House, £5.99 PB) provides a great opportunity to explore story features that can spice up reading and writing. The story introduces father and daughter, Mo and Meggie, who are searching for a mysterious book, and with that book to put right a terrible wrong that was committed many years ago. We also learn that Mo has a special power that makes incredible things happen when he reads aloud. Explore the film using our exclusive activities, scripts from the film Inkheart (note: scripts are in US English), posters, author interview and trailer at www.inkheartmovie.com

Activities

  1. Exploring characters
  2. Character relationships
  3. Unfolded secrets
  4. The McGuffin

1. Exploring characters

If more than one character in a story sets out on a journey, it pays to ask ‘Why?’. Each character brings something to the venture. In Inkheart, we have Mo and Meggie who are joined by Elinor and Dustfinger. Children can reflect on the part each individual plays. It is hard to imagine Meggie without Mo, but what does old Aunt Elinor bring to the story? Teams are also important when it comes to crooks. Inkheart presents us with a gaggle of crooks, each memorable in their own way.

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